53 days in South America Itinerary

53 days in South America Itinerary

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Drive
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Paraty, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly
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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 1 night
Fly to Ciudad del Este, Drive to Foz do Iguacu
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Iguazu, Fly to Montevideo
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Maldonado, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Fly
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Huascaran National Park, Peru
— 4 nights
Drive to Comandante FAP German Arias Graziani Airport, Fly to Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 7 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Bus to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 5 nights
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Paraty, Brazil

Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Iriri Beach. Get outdoors at Centro Historico and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Prainha, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Alambique Paratiana, head outdoors with Cachoeira do Toboga e Poço do Tarzan, and savor the flavors at Alambique Cachaca Pedra Branca.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paraty trip builder.

Belo Horizonte to Paraty is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Paraty

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

1
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Asuncion, Paraguay

Mother of Cities

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa De Aregua and then get outside with Parque de la Salud. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Plaza Infante Rivarola, then try to win big at Vivant, and then get a sense of history and politics at Banco Nacional de Fomento.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Asuncion tour itinerary app.

You can fly from Paraty to Asuncion in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Paraguay Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January in Asuncion, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Asuncion

Outdoors · Parks · Casinos · Nightlife

Side Trips

2
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Land of the Waterfalls

A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): let the river carry you with Rafting in the River Iguacu and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sky in a new way at Astronomy Polo Casimiro Montenegro Filho.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu online travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Asuncion to Foz do Iguacu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Asuncion to Foz do Iguacu, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Maldonado.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

4
nights
Maldonado, Uruguay

One of the larger cities in the country, Maldonado draws visitors primarily interested in the city's coastline and the wider region's beaches.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Brava and Playa Bikini. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Solanas and Playa Pinares. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maldonado: Barcos del Este (in Piriapolis) and Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Puente Leonel Viera, indulge your taste buds at The Wine Experience, kick back and relax at Playa el Emir, and stroll through Playa Portezuelo.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Maldonado online tour planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Maldonado in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Foz do Iguacu in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Maldonado: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Maldonado

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

4
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Montevideo, Uruguay

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Pizzorno Family Estates and Castillo Pittamiglio. There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, savor the flavors at The Wine Experience, get all the equipment you need at Orange Bike, and make a trip to Plaza Matriz.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Montevideo trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Maldonado to Montevideo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Montevideo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Montevideo

Wineries · Tours · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

5
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Santiago, Chile

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Step out of the city life by going to San Cristóbal Hill and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Parque Forestal and Barrio Italia. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santiago trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Montevideo to Santiago by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Uruguay Standard Time (UYT) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio. On the next day, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama travel route builder website.

You can fly from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

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Machu Picchu, Peru

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 1st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, indulge in some personalized pampering at SPA Rocas Sagradas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu travel planner.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Machu Picchu in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Huascaran National Park.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks · Wildlife · Spas · Historic Sites

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Huascaran National Park, Peru

A trip to Huascaran National Park allows visitors to explore part of the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range.
Take a break from the city and head to Huascaran and Laguna Llaca. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Duck Canyon and Museo de Chacas. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor de Chacas.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Huascaran National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Huascaran National Park in 20.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Huascaran National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

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San Andres Island, Colombia

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa de San Luis and Bahia del Cove. Explore hidden gems such as Cayo El Acuario and Playa Charquitos. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at West View, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, appreciate the history behind Plaza Canon de Morgan, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Huascaran National Park to San Andres Island. In February, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, then take in the waterfront at Malecon de Puerto Ayora, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Tunel de Lava Bellavista, then admire the masterpieces at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally explore the world behind art at Maprae.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora trip maker site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Andres Island to Puerto Ayora in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. In February in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

2
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de los Diablos, identify plant and animal life at Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, and then identify plant and animal life at Rosedelco- Day tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, don't miss a visit to Malecon Cuna del Sol, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Posada de flamengos, and finally explore the activities along Laguna Salinas.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil attractions app.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Highlights from your trip

5
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Puerto Chino Beach and Playa de Oro. Visiting Playa Punta Carola and Cerro Tijeretas will get you outdoors. Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon San Cristobal, stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and race across the water with Galapagos Fishing Adventures Gustavo Tour S.A.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online day trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

5
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La Paz, Bolivia

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Visiting Vertical Route and Scree Rush will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chacaltaya Ski Resort and Muela del Diablo. There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, tee off at La Paz Golf Club, sample some tasty brews at The Saya Beer Brewery Tour, and catch some excitement at Andean Culture Distillery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to La Paz. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to La Paz is 1 hour. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in February, things will get cooler in La Paz: highs are around 17°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Brazil travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Paraguay travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Shopping Malls · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.

Uruguay travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.